When you workout, or for me just live your day to day life, you will most likely get injured at some point. This is not something that is always bad, it may be you just over did it and your muscles/joints/body wasn’t ready. It is important that you treat your body right as it is recovering.
As a rule of thumb, exercising shouldn’t cause you great pain during the fact. If something really hurts or doesn’t feel good, stop! You will learn your body, there are times that you have some discomfort when you up your weight or try a more complicated move, but it should never be excruciating pain.
I have Achilles tendinitis in both of my legs. It is something I have to deal with and be very careful when I am active. Because I have this, I also tend to suffer with some lower body injuries from time to time. I have gotten pretty good at reading my body and knowing when I need to give it some extra TLC.
When I have an injury or feel an injury come on I do the following things:
- I stop exercising that area intensely. For example, when I have a lower body injury I may opt to do upper body or core workouts. I may go for walks or try the stationary bike, but I take it easy for the first few days.
- Ice! I have many ice packs in my freezer. I like to spend some time icing that area especially when I get home from work and before I go to bed.
- I like to use Biofreeze or Icy Hot while I am at work or right before I go to bed. It helps to ease the pain.
- As always, keep drinking plenty of water.
- Stretch! Ever since my dancing days, I have loved to stretch. It not only feels amazing, but helps your body recover after workouts. You should try and get in a stretch everyday, whether it is part of your workout or not. Stretching has so many benefits!
- Once I am feeling better, I take it easy getting back into my regular workouts. Don’t go straight back giving your all – still have an amazing workout, but be mindful not to hurt that area again.
I am in no way a fitness or health professional, these are just some steps that I take when I have an injury or an especially sore spot.
Remember that water and stretching are important everyday!
Here’s to being happy & fit